ECONorthwest, a Eugene-based economic consulting firm, recently conducted an independent study to measure the total economic impact of The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park and the Coquille Tribal government in 2010 (the most recent data available).
The study revealed that over 1,300 local jobs and over $125 million in economic output in 2010 can be directly or indirectly traced to business and governmental activity of the Coquille Indian Tribe.
According to the post, ECONorthwest Estimates the Economic Impact of the Coquille Indian Tribe and Mill Casino, the principal measures of economic impacts used in this report are:
- Output: the final value of all goods and services produced. For businesses, this is approximately equal to sales. For Tribal government, output equals total spending.
- Labor Income: workers’ wages and benefits, including self-employment income.
- Jobs: full- and part-time employment.
The report added that many of the purchases by The Mill Casino • Hotel “are for services and products that come from suppliers inside Coos County. This spending, combined with the high proportion of county residents working at The Mill, means that dollars spent by The Mill circulate further in the local economy. The ultimate impact is greater economic output, higher incomes, and more jobs in both Coos County and Oregon.”
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About the Coquille Indian Tribe: Comprising a people whose ancestors lived in the lands of the Coquille River watershed and lower Coos Bay, the Coquille Indian Tribe today has over 900 members and a land base of 7,043 acres. After the United States re-instituted federal recognition to the Tribe and restored its full sovereignty rights in 1989, the Coquille Tribal government created an administrative program that now provides housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. The Tribe is the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon, with successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, gaming and hospitality, assisted living and memory care, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.